Delhi Worldwide Open: Sethuraman, Abhijeet be part of Arjun, Gukesh, Harsha in lead

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With the 2 former Nationwide champions S. P. Sethuraman and Abhijeet Gupta becoming a member of Arjun Erigaisi, D. Gukesh and Harsha Bharathakoti within the lead at 7.5 factors, Tuesday’s tenth and remaining spherical guarantees an exhilarating end to nineteenth Delhi Worldwide Open chess event right here.

Within the ninth spherical, Sethuraman got here up with a wonderful tactical stroke involving the commerce of queen for a rook to stump second seeded Russian Grandmaster Pavel Ponkratov in 39 strikes.

Abhijeet was much less spectacular however equally efficient in coping with Iran’s Seyed Kian Poormosavi in 46 strikes. After a sequence of intelligent exchanges of items on the queenside, Abhijeet’s superior pawns on the kingside offered the decisive distinction.


In the meantime, the top-board motion involving the reigning Nationwide champion Arjun and runner-up Gukesh led to a well-fought 44-move impasse. Gukesh, enjoying white, was decided to attain his first victory over Arjun in six encounters. Nonetheless, even after getting the initiative, Gukesh couldn’t discover the exact continuation.

After finishing up a fast evaluation of their sport with Arjun, Gukesh mentioned, “I’m nonetheless not sure the place I missed my likelihood. However I’m pleased with the best way I performed.”

Arjun Erigaisi (left) and D. Gukesh discussing their drawn ninth spherical encounter of the Delhi Worldwide Open chess event on Monday. – RAKESH RAO


Arjun admitted being concerned about his place earlier than selecting to press for initiative. “Within the later phases once I realised I couldn’t lose, I performed for benefit however Gukesh gave nothing away.”

Harsha, the third in a single day chief, couldn’t enlarge his preliminary benefit in opposition to Neelash Saha and drew in 50 strikes. M. R. Lalith Babu (7) raised imaginative and prescient of a powerful end by beating Uzbekistan’s Abdimalik Abdisalimov in 44 strikes. He now performs Himal Gusain who annihilated N. R. Visakh in simply 23 strikes.

The outcomes – tenth spherical (Indians until said)

  • D. Gukesh (7.5) drew with Arjun Erigaisi (7.5);
  • Neelash Saha (7) drew with Harsha Bharathakoti (7.5);
  • Seyed Kian Poormosavi (Iri, 6.5) misplaced to Abhijeet Gupta (7.5);
  • Pavel Ponkratov (Rus, 6) misplaced to S. P. Sethuraman (7.5);
  • M. R. Lalith Babu (7) bt Abdimalik Abdisalimov (Uzb, 6);
  • N. R. Visakh (6) misplaced to Himal Gusain (7);
  • P. Iniyan (6.5) drew with Viani Antonio Dcunha (6.5);
  • Saptarshi Roy (6) misplaced to Karthik Venkataraman (7);
  • Azer Mirzoev (Aze, 6.5) drew with Divya Deshmukh (6.5);
  • P. Karthikeyan (6) misplaced to Arash Tahbaz (7);
  • Ortik Nigmatov (Uzb, 7) bt Akshay Borgaonkar (6);
  • S. Rohith Krishna (6.5) drew with N. R. Vignesh (6.5);
  • Aradhya Garg (6.5) drew with Deepan Chakkravarthy (6).

Main final-round pairings

  • Abhijeet-Gukesh;
  • Sethuraman-Harsha;
  • Arjun-Karthik;
  • Gusain-Lalith;
  • Tahbaz-Nigmatov;
  • Iniyan-Saha.

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